Iran dismisses Azerbaijan’s claims of drug path to Europe

Iran and Azerbaijan are in a confrontation once more, this time over drug smuggling.

On Friday, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev claimed that the nation had closed a drug route from Iran to Armenia and onto Europe. The purported route supposedly handed via southwest Azerbaijan as properly, in line with Azerbaijani media retailers.

Iranian officers reacted angrily to the declare. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh known as the assertion “baseless” and stated it was “in the interests of the Zionist regime,” referring to Israel. The diplomat additionally harassed Iran’s function within the drug conflict, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

Iran and Azerbaijan have longstanding relations. Both international locations are predominantly Shiite Muslim and plenty of Iranians have Azerbaijani heritage, together with the supreme chief, Ayatollah Ali Khameini.

The two Eurasian states have had different public disagreements not too long ago. In September, Iran performed a army drill near the border with Azerbaijan, which Aliyev questioned in an interview with Turkish media. Earlier this month, Khameini warned Azerbaijan over its ties to Israel.

Khatibzadeh stated that relations with Azerbaijan stay good, in line with the Islamic Republic News Agency. 

Drug use is a significant downside in Iran, as is drug trafficking from Iran to different international locations within the area.